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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children's Museums, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood.

Programs: * Hands-on Exhibits Six permanent exhibits and one temporary exhibit encourage imagination, curiosity, problem-solving, social interaction, communication skills and parent-child connection. Exhibits include Waterworks, Little Town, Wind Tunnel, Infant-Toddler Garden. The current temporary exhibit is the Rocketship 80,000 visitors a year * Public Programs include three dozen multicultural events and performances throughout the year in music, art, dance, performance, storytelling and puppetry. Special Family Literacy Nights foster reading readiness and Child Safety events help prevent unintended accidents among young children. 10,000 participants a year * Art Programs include a drop-in Art Studio (included with admission) with changing daily activities, an Art Reach program taking arts to low income community preschools, and on-site focused art classes for children in ceramics, mixed media, and painting. 45,000 beneficiaries * Parent Education includes an in-museum Family Resource Center of books and other parenting references, 50 parenting classes a year on topics ranging from CPR and chokesaving to positive discipline strategies, and Parent-to-Parent brochures on parenting topics 5000 direct beneficiaries * Family Outreach Program designed to make Habitot's exhibits and programs available to a wide audience, especially low-income families and at-risk children. We offer free field trips to Head Start and state-supported preschools, free admission days, subsidized memberships, class scholarships, teen parent programs, book give-aways and organizational and library memberships for clients of social service agencies, hospital programs, homeless shelters, literacy programs, and teen parent programs. 8,329 direct beneficiaries

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Habitot has a wonderful combination of activities for kids up to age 5. We love the water play room- our son absolutely loves to play in water and this space is set up for group and individual water play. The waterproof smocks really do help them stay a little dry. We also love the painting room and the facepainting. Our son loves to sit in front of the mirror and paint his own face (he is only 20 months old). Of course that is usually after he has spend a long time at the rotating exhibit -fire engine, spaceship...with fun costumes to wear and buttons and phones and wheels and seats that all seem so real and exciting to him. Additionally it is a great space for him to spend time around many other children since he is not in childcare yet. It is also wonderful that there are rooms for quiet time and eating as well. The classes that are offered are a bonus. It is a relatively small space which can feel crowded on rainy weekend days but it is plenty of space for a young child and he can run around without getting lost. The layout makes the space feel bigger than it is!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about Habitot from my Nanny when my son Luke was about 18 months old. We have been "regulars" ever since and he's just turned five. Habitot has a fantastic mix of activities for all sorts of kids - including super active ones like my son! Their "standard" mix of activities, like their train table and play store are well done and well suited to young kids, but it's their "unexpected" activities that really won Luke over - like a whole room dedicated to water play, complete with kid size water proof aprons and the wind tunnel! The pièce de résistance is the Space Ship / astronaut play space, with costumes for the kids and a kid perfect play-inside Space Ship. The Ship's instruments are made out of things like old phones and computer keyboards, so the kids can pick of the pieces and push buttons without too much concern about hurting anything. Luke can and has played in that Ship for hours. Habitot also has a few quite spaces for reading and a peanut-free snack and lunch area. All in all, I would say Habitot is well thought out and well run. I'll be sorry when Luke is too old to go there any more!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place for small children to bring their parents. Habitot is not a large museum, but it is large enough to pack in a morning or afternoon of space exploration, a trip to the supermarket, water play, arts and crafts, and much more. The size is actually one of the aspects I like most; I don't have to worry about losing my kids and, with two little ones, it's a constant issue. The exhibits are 100% hands on, which my daughters love and I can rest easy that both girls are safe. It's one of our favorite places to go and they never tire of it.